It was a busy week of dual action for the Cardinal wrestling team, which entertained G.I. Northwest Thursday and hosted five teams in the Boone Central Duals Saturday.
Only six varsity matches were wrestled Thursday against a traditionally-strong Northwest squad. Boone Central wrestlers won two of those matches – Jon Christo (189) pinning Jaden Hill and Jacob Meyer (119) decisioning Trevor Kemmet – and also got a forfeit victory when Mitchell Patzel (125) went unopposed.
Northwest won the dual competition 66-15.
A slew of top talent invaded Albion Saturday for the annual Boone Central Duals meet.
Among the powerful teams in attendance were defending state champion Central City (ranked #1 in Class C), Boys Town (#2 in Class B), Wood River (#5 in C) and Battle Creek (#9 in C). There were also 22 rated wrestlers competing, including seven ranked 1st or 2nd in their weight classes.
This was a tough task for Boone Central’s young, shorthanded team, but provided a good learning experience.
“With our lack of numbers and experience, our goal for the year is to improve,” commented Bonge. “So far we have been doing that. Our guys just need to stay focused on learning the fundamentals, learning from their mistakes and not get discouraged during the process.
“Most of our opponents will have much more mat time. We cannot expect to get to that level overnight without taking a few lumps along the way.
“We can continue to close the gap.”
The Cardinals did have some bright spots Saturday.
Tanner Anderson (160) led the team with three pins and his two losses were to wrestlers rated #2 in Classes C & B. Jacob Meyer also recorded three victories for the Cardinals.
Boone Central will now have a break before traveling to Aurora for a triangular meet Jan. 5.
“Hopefully, Jesse Zwiener, who has been ill with mono, and Logan Frey, who injured his wrist this week, will be ready to go after the break,” Bonge added.
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